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  1. #1
    CyberLance
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    Starcraft 2 on G73JH

    Well it turns out that the "top of the line gaming laptop" cannot play Starcraft 2 properly.

    If you use anything but the lowest settings the game will randomly lag & often kill all video going to a completely black screen. Twice now the game has hung in a video loop.

    I started with the built-in Radeon Catalyst drivers. Windows 7 reported a Windows Experience Index of 2.0. Yeah TWO. As in complete junk. Why? Video rating for 3D and games was a 2.0. When running Starcraft 2 it simply stated "card not supported" and defaults to 1024x768 resolution and lowest video settings. If you set it to 1920x1080 and cranked up to even medium settings the video lagged horribly.

    I upgraded to the latest ATI Radeon driver from the ATI website, version 10.07. Starcraft 2 stopped lagging and became ALMOST usable. However, after a few minutes of play the audio started looping and I got a black screen. NOTHING worked. No keyboard input, mouse input, power input, LCD keys, NOTHING. I had to do a hard power off after 20 minutes of listening to a horrible audio loop.

    Second attempt at medium video settings and the system started lagging a little, but still got into this audio loop problem.

    This is *NOT* a Starcraft 2 problem. I've been playing it fine on my Sony Vaio VGN-AR890U for a month now. It runs no lag on a NVidia mobile card with only 512MB of video RAM.

    This is horrible for a laptop advertised as a "top notch gaming laptop". In fact this statement can't be further from the truth:

    "Visuals look awesome on the 17.3” full HD screen, and made even better by the ATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD5870 with 1GB GDDR5 – an overkill GPU taking notebook gaming beyond the edge so you no longer have to switch graphic details off in options menus."

    (http://rog.asus.com/Product.aspx?PId=32)

  2. #2
    Brian@ASUS
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    hi cyberlance, you have the latest 10.7 mobile drivers correct? its odd you are seeing a 2 on your windows index..

  3. #3
    MattL
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    I play SC2 on maximum settings at 1920x1080 with perfect framerate. You've got some kind of driver problems.

  4. #4
    NGX
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    I would recommend the 10.7a drivers along with the latest 211 bios. They both work great for me

    10.7a drivers
    http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles...etaDriver.aspx

    211 bios for G73JH
    ftp://ftp.asus.com/pub/ASUS/nb/G73Jh/G73JhAS211.zip

  5. #5
    Brian@ASUS
    Guest

    cyberlance

    let me know if the latest bios 211 works for you with the 10.7 drivers. if not ill escalate this further.

  6. #6
    DCx
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    The g73jh doesn't work so well with 10-ish drivers.

    Your best bet is using asus drivers. You don't get all the features of the card - CS5 doesn't work so hot, and many other adobe products ... and forget about using it for any 3d modelling ...

    But you do get OKAY framerates (not as good as 10.7a), and NO crashes.

    I'm on my 4th g73. Hopefully this one has no problems when it is delivered.

  7. #7
    Mast3rShan3
    Guest
    I have the X1 version.
    211 Bios
    10.8 drivers
    and the new vBOS update to get rid of the gsod.

    I can only run the game on medium to low graphics, and ultra textures. I was at least hoping for high to ultra graphics. The frame rate also lags a little in midium to low settings. Going to test out mass effect 2 and see if I get the same problems.

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    GIJoe101st
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    I would make sure everything is up to date. I am running a G73HJ, and run all most every game on high. I bought this laptop for two main reasons. Number one if for school, because I know it has the horse power to do everything I need to do in Photoshop and programs of the same nature. Number two is to play games while I'm on vacation.

    I don't know about you but about day five or six I get that itch to start getting my frag on.

  9. #9
    CyberLance
    Guest

    Radeon Fail Cake Part 2

    I have the 211 bios... still having the same problems. :/

    I buy a gaming system (Asus G73JH). It comes with a Radeon card. The card does not work with the one of the BIGGEST releases of the summer... StarCraft II.

    The cursor gets corrupted on a regular basis and the system lags horribly under any type of load unless you set all of the graphics settings to the LOWEST setting. Very sad for a $1500 laptop with a 1GB Radeon 5X series dedicated video card.

    I am told to upgrade the driver and the BIOS. 10.07 will fix all of my problems. It makes them WORSE. The system shuts down the 2nd monitor when exiting the game and often locks up windows. The cursor corruption is stil there.

    I am told to upgrade to 10.08 it fixes all of my problems. Immediately on reboot I notice the scaling on my 2nd monitor (HDMI) is screwed up. It is set to overscan. My settings are 0% for over/underscan. Every time I enter Catlyst and hit OK it goes back to normally. Reboot the system and it is screwed up again. What a joke.

    I am told to upgrade. The 10.09 hot fix will fix this. It does not. Also now sometimes when I reboot the WINDOWS CURSOR is corrupted. It shows double cursors or a pixelated mess for a cursor. Sometimes the entire screen is in "double vision" with 2 screens on top of each other offset by 10 pixels in horizontally and vertically.


    In 15 years of working exclusively with NVidia on all of the computers I've spec'ed out I have NEVER had this many problems or this many failed releases in a row. This is a joke. I have literally wasted hours uninstalling poorly written drivers that Radeon spits out like vomit from a newborn with a bad case of the flu.

    If I could return this laptop and get something with a real video card I would. It is very sad to see that nearly a decade after my last failed Radeon experiment that the lack of quality is still there. The control panel is very amature in design. The software doesn't work. The video performance is horrible.

    AMD should be embarrased to put their name on a product of this quality. I guess my only choice is to go back to the vendor-approved 10.06 release after a lengthy edit-the-registry uninstall/re-install process and put up with corrupt cursors and crappy video performance in SC II.

    At least I can say with a bit of confidence "don't EVER buy Radeon products" any time I spec out a system for my business or for the hundreds of systems I spec out for my clients. I can cite specific examples of complete and utter failure and not just as an isolated incident should anyone ask. In fact I'm capturing this forum post to my PDF writer the next time a business owner asks why I recommend staying away from Radeon like the plague.

    Now what to do with my crippled-but-brand-new G73JH. Guess on of my new hires will enjoy it... as long as they don't want to do any gaming. Maybe the accountant will make better use of it. :/

    The really sad part is the rest of this system seems to be well made. Why in the heck Asus would place their bets on Radeon for a top-of-the-line gaming system is beyond me. The product manager should be fired IMO. One too many corners were cut in a place that is CRITICAL to gaming performance. I have yet to meet a gamer that PREFERS Radeon over NVidia. They might put up with it but they NEVER prefer Radeon. Every single one will say "if I had the money I'd go with NVidia"... and most will save their pennies a few extra days just to make it happen.

    Asus... PLEASE give us an NVidia based gaming laptop. Radeon is for my grandmother who prefers to play scrabble at Yahoo! Hey... maybe THAT is who I should send this to. Then again she might just get aggravated at the low frame rate when the other player lays down their triple-word score.

  10. #10
    CyberLance
    Guest

    Radeon Fail Cake Part 2

    I have the 211 bios... still having the same problems. :/

    I buy a gaming system (Asus G73JH). It comes with a Radeon card. The card does not work with the one of the BIGGEST releases of the summer... StarCraft II.

    The cursor gets corrupted on a regular basis and the system lags horribly under any type of load unless you set all of the graphics settings to the LOWEST setting. Very sad for a $1500 laptop with a 1GB Radeon 5X series dedicated video card.

    I am told to upgrade the driver and the BIOS. 10.07 will fix all of my problems. It makes them WORSE. The system shuts down the 2nd monitor when exiting the game and often locks up windows. The cursor corruption is stil there.

    I am told to upgrade to 10.08 it fixes all of my problems. Immediately on reboot I notice the scaling on my 2nd monitor (HDMI) is screwed up. It is set to overscan. My settings are 0% for over/underscan. Every time I enter Catlyst and hit OK it goes back to normally. Reboot the system and it is screwed up again. What a joke.

    I am told to upgrade. The 10.09 hot fix will fix this. It does not. Also now sometimes when I reboot the WINDOWS CURSOR is corrupted. It shows double cursors or a pixelated mess for a cursor. Sometimes the entire screen is in "double vision" with 2 screens on top of each other offset by 10 pixels in horizontally and vertically.


    In 15 years of working exclusively with NVidia on all of the computers I've spec'ed out I have NEVER had this many problems or this many failed releases in a row. This is a joke. I have literally wasted hours uninstalling poorly written drivers that Radeon spits out like vomit from a newborn with a bad case of the flu.

    If I could return this laptop and get something with a real video card I would. It is very sad to see that nearly a decade after my last failed Radeon experiment that the lack of quality is still there. The control panel is very amature in design. The software doesn't work. The video performance is horrible.

    AMD should be embarrased to put their name on a product of this quality. I guess my only choice is to go back to the vendor-approved 10.06 release after a lengthy edit-the-registry uninstall/re-install process and put up with corrupt cursors and crappy video performance in SC II.

    At least I can say with a bit of confidence "don't EVER buy Radeon products" any time I spec out a system for my business or for the hundreds of systems I spec out for my clients. I can cite specific examples of complete and utter failure and not just as an isolated incident should anyone ask. In fact I'm capturing this forum post to my PDF writer the next time a business owner asks why I recommend staying away from Radeon like the plague.

    Now what to do with my crippled-but-brand-new G73JH. Guess on of my new hires will enjoy it... as long as they don't want to do any gaming. Maybe the accountant will make better use of it. :/

    The really sad part is the rest of this system seems to be well made. Why in the heck Asus would place their bets on Radeon for a top-of-the-line gaming system is beyond me. The product manager should be fired IMO. One too many corners were cut in a place that is CRITICAL to gaming performance. I have yet to meet a gamer that PREFERS Radeon over NVidia. They might put up with it but they NEVER prefer Radeon. Every single one will say "if I had the money I'd go with NVidia"... and most will save their pennies a few extra days just to make it happen.

    Asus... PLEASE give us an NVidia based gaming laptop. Radeon is for my grandmother who prefers to play scrabble at Yahoo! Hey... maybe THAT is who I should send this to. Then again she might just get aggravated at the low frame rate when the other player lays down their triple-word score.

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